Evening Prayer

Date: May 24, 2020

Good afternoon,

https://soundcloud.com/stjohnswimbledon

Our service of BCP Evening Prayer has been uploaded above, with the
following anthem by the St Martin’s Scholars:
*St Richard’s Prayer – Joanna Forbes L’Estrange*

Recorded remotely by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields in
their homes, and edited together.

*Thanks be to thee, Lord Jesus Christ,*

*for all the benefits which thou hast won for us;*

*Thanks be to thee, Lord Jesus Christ,*

*for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for us;*

*O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,*

*Saviour, hear our prayer:*

*May we know thee more clearly, may we love thee more dearly,*

*and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.*

Today was the final Sunday of The Rev’d Yunghee Koh in the Wimbledon Team
Ministry. Her sermon can be read here: Our Final Prayer.pdf
<https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/lH3a3AgeSWyL54wnavof>

Monday 25th is the commemoration of St Bede the Venerable, who famously
wrote the *Ecclesiastical History of the English People*. If you fancy
knowing a little more about the modern setting of the Church of England and
this particular diocese, a short history by Andrew Hurst, published in 2005
can be picked up here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/0904129187/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1590331887&sr=8-5

The time between the Ascension and Pentecost is traditionally a time of
prayer and preparation, so I can do no better than to commend to you words
on this time from my one of my favourite writers, John Keble, published in
1876:

*Now we are in a manner, as the Apostles then were. Christ our Lord did in
a manner depart from us last Thursday, and we are waiting to receive the
Holy Ghost, by His great mercy, in next Sunday’s Communion. How can we do
better than try to spend these days, these ten holy days of joyful yet
longing expectation, in the same way as the friends and Apostles of the
Holy Jesus spent their ten days? The fulness of the blessing, we know, came
upon them: on us, who call ourselves His friends and disciples now, it
will come in such measure as we try to be like them. For that unspeakable
blessing, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, is not in any wise wasted or worn
away. The Lord’s hand is not shortened; the holy Fire is not burned out,
nor the holy Water dried up, neither has the Breath of the Lord ceased to
breathe. The promise was unto those first Christians and to their children,
and to all that were afar off: and to us, by His great mercy, among the
rest. Therefore we have but to prepare ourselves as the first friends of
our Saviour did, and we shall have the same blessing to crown our Pentecost
that they had. The Holy Ghost will come upon us also, and we in our
several ways shall be enabled to glorify God far more worthily than we have
yet done.*

To conclude, four glimpses of light in the church this morning for
Ascensiontide:

With kind regards,

Stephen & Rosie

Service times

Sunday

8:30am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:15am Sung Eucharist

2nd Sunday of the month

10:15am All Welcome Service